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World Cup 2014: Brasilia an inaccurate reflection of the real Brazil

Published on Jun 29, 2014 9:28 AM
People enjoying a nice day at Brasilia’s Torre de TV area. Brazil’s federal capital is free of slums. -- ST PHOTO: MARC LIM

It is probably the only place in Brazil where a favela (Brazilian slum) is nowhere to be seen. Instead, what you get is wide, open boulevards, flanked by ornate public buildings and neat system of expressways.

Brasilia, the federal capital of Brazil, is unlike any of the nation's 11 other World Cup host cities, let alone your typical Brazilian city.

The city's concept, which includes a long boulevard in the city centre just for cycling and jogging, was designed by celebrated urban planners and architects Lucio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in 1956, when it was decided to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location.

With government and federal offices based there, Brasilia's 2.8 million population enjoy the highest wages in the country. Data from 2013 put the average monthly salary of Brasilians at almost 3,500 real (S$1,988), almost double the 1,800 real wage the rest of Brazil is paid.

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